February 2011 – February 2016
June 1994 – June 1997
June 1989 – November 1992
|Born||21 April 1947|
|Political party||Labour Party|
|Education||Synge Street CBS|
|Alma mater||Bolton Street College of Technology|
Eric Byrne (born 21 April 1947) is a former Irish Labour Party politician who served as a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin South-Central constituency from 1989 to 1992, 1994 to 1997 and 2011 to 2016.
Born in Dublin, he was educated at Synge Street CBS school and the Bolton Street College of Technology. A carpenter before entering politics, Byrne stood unsuccessfully for election to Dáil Éireann as a Workers' Party candidate for Dublin Rathmines West at the 1977 general election and Dublin South-Central at the 1981, February 1982, November 1982 and 1987 general elections.
He was elected in 1985 as a Workers' Party member of Dublin City Council for Crumlin/Kimmage area, and was re-elected at subsequent local elections until 2011, where he was forced to resign his seat due to dual mandate. He was finally elected at the 1989 general election. He joined with Workers' Party members who formed Democratic Left in 1992. He unexpectedly lost his seat at the 1992 general election. Labour's Pat Upton was unexpectedly returned on the first count, with Byrne finally losing the last seat to Fianna Fáil's Ben Briscoe by five votes after a marathon 10-day count.
He was elected to the 27th Dáil at a by-election on 9 June 1994 following the resignation of long-serving Fianna Fáil TD John O'Connell (who had previously been a Labour TD for the same constituency). Byrne was a backbench supporter of the 'Rainbow' government led by Fine Gael's John Bruton.
Byrne lost his seat again at the 1997 general election. Although the Labour Party and the Democratic Left merged in 1999, he was not selected to contest the Dublin South-Central by-election which followed Pat Upton's death later that year. Upton's sister Mary was elected for the Labour Party.
Byrne contested the 2002 general election on the Labour Party ticket as Mary Upton's running-mate, but was unsuccessful. Along with Mary Upton, he contested the Dublin South-Central constituency at the 2007 general election advocating a Labour Party/Fine Gael government but missed the final seat by 69 votes. Byrne was nominated by the Labour Party to contest the Seanad election in the Labour panel but was not elected. In 2009, he was re-elected to Dublin City Council. At the 2011 general election he was re-elected to the Dáil, after 14 years.
In January 2015, he became involved in an altercation with Sinn Féin TD, Jonathan O'Brien. During ministers questions, O'Brien had criticized Tainiste Joan Burton over homelessness in Ireland, citing the experiences of his brother who was a recovering heroin addict. Byrne asked of O'Brien "Why doesn’t his good family give him a home?" which infuriated O'Brien. Irish Times journalist Miriam Lord, criticized Byrne, remarking that "You sense the relief rising in the chamber. They don’t like it when the real world intrudes. These sort of things don’t really happen to TDs." 
- "Mr Eric Byrne". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 23 April 2011.
- "Eric Byrne". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 22 April 2011.
- "Miriam Lord: O'Brien left, seething with anger. You sense the relief in the chamber". irishtimes.com. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
- "Sinn Féin TD Jonathan O' Brien discusses the pain and regret of being big brother to a heroin addict". Irish Examiner. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
| Workers' Party Teachta Dála for Dublin South-Central
Constituency reduced by one seat
| Democratic Left Teachta Dála for Dublin South-Central
| Labour Party Teachta Dála for Dublin South-Central
Constituency reduced by one seat